ALLISON:
Hellooo!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Hi, Allison! How are you?

ALLISON:
I’m good! I’m sorry I’m so difficult to get a hold of. It’s so strange to have an actual job. Here, I’ve been working so much more than I’ve ever worked on this show, it’s crazy! I feel like Tom!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
But that’s good though!

ALLISON:
It’s great! My storyline has been totally picking up and it’s really interesting and exciting, but I haven’t seen my boyfriend for three weeks!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Aww. Yeah, I’m going to ask you about your expanded role, later.

ALLISON:
Oh, I wanted to say… How bloody cool it was that you guys managed to get together and help out [Parker]. It was really inspiring, and I was really touched to see that something I do for fun, and for a living, could be a catalyst for something so simple, bringing such a unity together.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Well, likewise. From the fans’ perspective, everyone was really impressed with your endorsement. So many people would tell me, “Wow, that is really sweet of her!”

ALLISON:
I think its really incredible. We’re such separatists in this society, everyone’s such an individualist, that we forget that the most powerful way we can live our lives is if we stick within the community. So when you come together as a community to achieve one specific goal, its really just a beautiful thing.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
And boy, did we achieve it!

ALLISON:
Yeah! It’s incredible! So yeah, I just wanted to say that I was really surprised and that it was really quite fabulous. I was out of town when all of that was happening. I don’t know if Kendra told you, but I was in China for the holidays. So I came home, and I was like, “Holy smokes!” when I came in to work and learned that information. It was a pretty amazing welcome home.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
So! You were in China?

ALLISON:
Yeah, I was in China. It was fabulous.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
What did you go for?

ALLISON:
I went for fun! One of my best friends has been going to school there for the last year, and she’s moving back [soon]. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit her yet, and I really wanted to see her before she came home and to visit China with her. So we went for Christmas. We went for three weeks. We went into rural China where there’s no electricity or anything, and we hung out with villagers, ate food, got food poisoning. [Laughs] It was really great because the show doesn’t air there, so there is this really great sense of freedom and anonymity that I don’t have necessarily in other places. I was able to travel around and interact with people with a little less of a chip on my shoulder. When you’re traveling in places where you have some sort of a following, you have a tendency to assume that everyone has an agenda, so being in a place where I was any ol’ white gringo woman– it was pretty great. It was a really fantastic, eye-opening trip.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Do you normally travel during the winter?

ALLISON:
I do. Last year, I was in Italy. And the year before that… Well, I was at home the year before that. But I try to travel when I have a second to do anything. I [do that] because it’s such a grounding experience. I have a tendency to come back so much more refreshed, a fresh perspective on my life and priorities. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day habits of a North American life. I think one of the benefits for me is that I can remove myself from that life, and I have the luxury to experience the cultures.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
You had mentioned in a previous interview with the WB that you wanted to move there… Is that still the case?

ALLISON:
Oh yeah. That’s definitely the plan thus far. I mean, I never make myself any promises because I have a tendency to change my mind. But, that’s definitely a goal of mine. And I don’t see myself moving back to Los Angeles right away just because I’m ready for a new adventure. Vancouver is great and I’m so happy here, but I’m ready to be challenged, and I know that if I put myself in a situation where I don’t know anybody and I have very few comforts that it would be really great.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Well, on to the actual interview! You remember our normal format: “Smallville,” future work, past work, and then personal…

ALLISON:
Yes!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Great. So, first “Smallville” question… What have you learned the most during your time on “Smallville” thus far, and how have you applied it to your life?

ALLISON:
Wow, that’s a big question. I grew up on “Smallville,” you know. I started the show when I was 18, and I’m 24, and you do a lot of changing in those years. I think maybe I learned more about myself and who I am. The cast and crew have been such an incredible support system with me while I figure out what is important to me. And Kristin has been a huge influence on me and the fashioning of my ideas in regard to the world. Tom’s been an incredible friend, teaching me I can do anything and learn anything. I learned a lot from those two. It’s a lot like college; you know all the things you learn in college about yourself. You make some mistakes, and you fall, and you pick yourself up and dust yourself off and move forward.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Nice segue into the next question. How is your character different from Allison?

ALLISON:
I would say that Chloe’s a lot more analytical than I am. I think that she’s more aware and control of her emotions and control of her situations, where I just kind of float with whatever I’m doing at the moment and dive in. I think Chloe’s a little more… I’ve really sort of lightened up a bit with my interactions with people, and Chloe’s more aggressive than I am. And she’s a little more abrasive than I am. So I have a tendency to let my aggressive behavior out on the show. I’ve had several scenes where I feel a little bit like I’m this lawyer doing cross examination, so you know, aggressive and stuff, which is really fun, but I would say that she’s a little more harsh and jaded and guarded than I am.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
About Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum directing: Your fans want to know what you think about the differences and similarities between their directing.

ALLISON:
[Laughs] I don’t think there ARE any similarities. Well, Tom is a very paced man. He’s very guarded and very deliberate. And Michael is the opposite. He’s all over the place. I guess their similarities are that they’re both so incredibly passionate about it and they get so excited about performances and so excited about coming to work and so excited about the ideas about directing. That’s really infectious because they both know what they want, and you give them the performances that they’re happy with. But they couldn’t be more night and day personally. Michael has a tendency all over the place and really scattered and his brain is scattered, but he’s incredibly creative and incredibly encouraging, whereas Tom is more quiet and more reserved.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Would you consider directing an episode yourself?

ALLISON:
Funny you mention that. Tom’s been driving me nuts about directing an episode here. No– I hadn’t given it any thought at all until Michael did it. And then I thought, “Well, maybe there’s something to this,” and I started questioning why it is that I haven’t thought about it. Am I afraid? Or am I just really not interested? Or what is it about the art of directing that I’m so intimidated by? So I’ve slowly started meeting with the different directors that we have and asking them about the process of reading the story and leaving the directors notes and reading the scripts and all the different stages. I’m just trying to get a handle of the art of what it actually means to direct and what it takes to direct, and then I’ll be able to make the decision of whether I’ll do it or not. I definitely want to be a filmmaker at some point in my career. I don’t want to limit myself to just acting. So whether that means directing or producing or developing, or whatever that means, I want to be a part of creating something from the ground up rather than just joining the team in the last stretch. So, if anything, all of this research I’m doing about directing is really just giving me a great idea of what goes into creating a show and what goes into prep and what goes into development. So, I’m learning a lot, but at the same time, I don’t know if I’ll actually apply it to directing or not. I don’t know. I might! I’m not closing that door.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Some of your fans wanted to know what it was like being surrounded by all of those gorgeous men in “Justice.”

ALLISON:
[Laughs] It was GREAT!! Oh are you kidding me? It was a blast! Being the only woman and getting to work with all those boys… It was wonderful! And they’re all… They’re lovely. I mean, Lee is one of the kindest men I’ve met in a long time (he plays Cyborg), and Kyle is such a sweet, dear person. Justin is just hysterically funny, as is Alan– And that is always entertaining and very exciting. I felt privileged to be a part of that little clique. I was pretty thrilled about that, and that I was the brains behind the organization. That day that I had to do all the stuff in Oliver Queen’s office, in that loft with all the screens and pushing all of the buttons, I was like, “Whoaaaaa, this is reeeeally cool!”

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Was there actually stuff on the screens, or was it just a green screen?

ALLISON:
Oh no, there was stuff up there! It was really groovy.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Since it was such an epic episode, did you get any pictures?

ALLISON:
Of the boys? I didn’t, but hair and makeup and wardrobe might have. Lee and I hung out quite a bit, we got to be good friends.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
It was a two week thing… Right?

ALLISON:
“Justice” took almost a month. They were up there for a long time. It was a really big show with a lot of special effects, and they were really picky about how it would look. Did you like the episode?

ALLISONMACK.COM:
I did. It was easily one of my favorite episodes of the entire series.

ALLISON:
Really!?

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Yeah.

ALLISON:
Oh, that’s awesome.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
But I’m also into comic books.

ALLISON:
That’s awesome. I’m so glad though because you’re into comics, I would expect you to be much more critical. I’m thrilled that you liked it! That’s great.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Yeah, this is what “Smallville” should be like.

ALLISON:
Oh, that’s awesome! That’s so cool! I love that they’re making Lex darker and darker and darker every episode because they don’t tell us before, so every time I get the script I read it and go, “Ooh yeah! He’s baad!!!” He’s really evilll. So, it’s fun.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
How did the team prepare you for your expanded role, or did they at all?

ALLISON:
They didn’t.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
They didn’t? So did you just sort of find out as you went along?

ALLISON:
Yeah, [with every script] I was just kind of like, “Oh, I guess I’m heavy in this one… Oh… I guess… Oh, I guess I’m heavy in this one too… Oh… I…” My character has really evolved and exploded over the last two seasons. But it’s been great and so much fun! But yeah, they gave no preparation. It was just kind of like, “Oh, P.S., you’re working EVERY day… Pretty much.” But it’s great! I’m so happy. I LOVE what I do, and I love the people that I work with. Working with Tom every day is just such a luxury because he’s such a defined person. It’s just so much fun. It’s pretty taxing in the fact that I definitely don’t have much time to do anything else, but it helps by the fact that I’m having a ball. And I love my character this season.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
What in particular do you love about her?

ALLISON:
I love how tenacious she is. And I love how loyal she is, and trustworthy, and intelligent, and brave, like, she’s SO brave. She’s so brave, and she does these outrageous things because of her commitment to her best friend, and I think that’s so honorable, and I love the fact that she’s a woman in a man’s world and she doesn’t let that stop her… In every aspect: in journalism and in the hero world. She’s a really strong girl, and she holds her own, and I think that that’s pretty awesome.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Yeah, those are many of the same reasons your fans tend to like her as well.

ALLISON:
Yeah. I hope that other people see that in her.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
In the episode “Labyrinth,” do you think that, in the dream world, that Chloe was insane?

ALLISON:
No, I don’t. I totally don’t. I think that she was the only one that knew what was going on.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Do you think that she was conjured from Clark’s mind, or conjured by Martian Manhunter?

ALLISON:
I don’t think that she was… Well? Probably she was brought on by Martian the man hunter… Because, I mean, he used all of as part of Clark’s fantasy just to teach him very specific lessons, and so he was probably very aware of my relationship with Clark and what it meant to him in that way, and them killing me, and it was probably an integral part him teaching Clark.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Yeah! Your first “Smallville” death scene!

ALLISON:
It was grrrrrrrrrrreat! It was so much fun to shoot that.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
How many takes did you guys do?

ALLISON:
A lot. Lots of angles. Well, because I couldn’t quite figure out how to take a bullet at first. I didn’t know what it was supposed to look like or anything like that, so it took me a couple of times to get hit, to really be able to figure out how to sell the hit. And then falling into Tom’s arms is never really very hard… So that was… You know… I had to do that a COUPLE times, at LEAST [Sly laughter].

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Man… I’ll tell you. You’ve got the worst job ever.

ALLISON:
I know. It’s brutal!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Did you do any research for that scene?

ALLISON:
You know… The scene in “Saving Private Ryan” where Giovanni Ribisi’s character died, he was shot and killed, I think it’s the best death scene I’d ever seen. So I tried to do this patterned after that. But you know, what you end up doing on set and what you end up seeing on screen are two VERY different things. But that was sort of the look I was going for.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Were you pleased with it?

ALLISON:
You know, I haven’t finished watching it. I should sit down and watch it.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
I know you don’t like watching yourself.

ALLISON:
Yeah, I don’t, but I need to start so I can learn more on how the show is put together. I watched the scene with Lana, Clark, and me upstairs in the [Talon] and I really liked the way that they cut it together. And I did like the way that they did the death, I thought it was quite cool.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Kristin did a fabulous job! She was SOO creepy! Lana was just CREEPY. It was great!

ALLISON:
Yeah, she’s amazing. Her movie’s coming out this weekend! You should go! She’s brilliant in it! She’s so good.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
I’ve got to see it. I host this new Kristin fan site [elegant-kristin.com], and the person who runs it sends me stuff about it.

ALLISON:
Oh yeah, she’s just such a fantastic actress. She’s an intelligent woman and so well-spoken. So the fact that the world is going to see this part of her is really great.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
It’s cool to hear you talk about her and to see her talk about you as well, too.

ALLISON:
Yeah. We like each other, a little bit, she’s been an amazing source of support for me.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
All right, let’s go through how you feel Chloe’s relationship is with individual characters, starting with Clark.

ALLISON:
I think that she’s at the best she has ever been with Clark. I think that they’re both developing themselves as individuals as well as coming together as a team. I think that Jimmy has given Chloe that part of her that Clark can’t fulfill. I think that’s why having Jimmy and having him complete that part of her is just enhancing her relationship with Clark either way. And I think that the amount that [Clark and Chloe] care about each other is pretty uncanny. And the amount of things that they’ve gone through with each other… Or done for each other is also amazing. So I think that their relationship is pretty upstanding, and the best it’s ever been this year, compared to how much they love each other. And there’s not all that bullshit anymore. There’s not all of that, “I love you. You don’t love me” crap. And I think that now, even if Chloe had the opportunity to be with Clark, I don’t think she would do it. I think that she realizes that there’s a lot of baggage that goes into being in a relationship with him, and trying to mix love and those kinds of emotions into a relationship with so much riding on it… I mean, the weight of the world is riding on their friendship. To take the risk of being in a relationship with someone… The risk of the weight of the world is really quite selfish, and she recognizes that. I mean, if they get in a fight and if they break up, they’re no longer like they once were. That would break the world apart, because I don’t think that Clark can do what he does without her.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Martha.

ALLISON:
I think Martha and Chloe really come together to help lead and support Clark. Chloe really stepped into the position of Jonathan when Jonathan died, in that it was like, “We’ll take care of him, and we’ll help guide him.” They had that really great scene together in the Daily Planet, and that was just so wonderful, and they just kind of came together in a really great partnership, and so I think that Chloe just sort of finishes their family. The three of them are really this amazing, solid family now.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
I love that they’re showing Chloe having dinner.

ALLISON:
Yeah, that she’s basically coming over to hang out.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Although everyone’s like, “How the frick far away is Metropolis?”

ALLISON:
I know. I know. Just a couple of hours.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Lex.

ALLISON:
I don’t like him. At all. And I like him less and less the more entangled he is with Lana.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
I have a question… Not that I don’t have tons of others… But… In the episode “Thirst,” there was a cut scene with Lex being really nice to Chloe when he was injecting the anti-virus into her. What do you think that’s about?

ALLISON:
Well, I think that he realizes the importance of [Chloe] in Lana’s life, and I think that Lex would do anything for Lana. And so I think that the majority of the reason why Lex does anything kind for Chloe in any way is because of Lana, because I know for a fact that Lex is not a big Chloe fan, that he’s doing some pretty underhanded stuff to her without Lana knowing.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Okay. So… Lionel. Is she still…

ALLISON:
Yeah… Not trusting of him? Yeah… But it’s strange because he’s coming into Clark’s family. And he knows the secret, and so it’s this weird… I think her relationship with Lionel is very strange. I don’t think that she knows exactly what to think of him. She doesn’t trust him, but I think that she’s also very aware that he has a lot of power because he does know the secret, and that everyone just needs to work together and stay on everyone’s good side.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Lana?

ALLISON:
[Cutely] She LOVES Lana. She loooves Lana. But I think Lana’s really frustrating to Chloe because she’s with Lex. Chloe’s like, “What are you doing? You love Clark.” And you know recently Chloe’s been saying to Clark, “You love Lana, this is ridiculous, you should really be together.” I think that she loves Lana a lot more now than she ever has before because she’s over Clark. So there isn’t that sort of jealousy or competition anymore, and it’s very honest and real. Even though her loyalties will always lay with Clark, and she would never reveal him to Lana, I think that she really cares about Lana and would pretty much do anything to protect her. I think that Lana’s very much like her sister.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
And then Lois.

ALLISON:
Lois is like ultimate Chloe on a bad day [Laughs]. Lois is like every extreme that Chloe has. I love working with Erica, and I love Chloe around Lois because it softens Chloe so much. It’s like she’s the little cousin, so Chloe’s allowed to be soft and vulnerable. Lois is like the big cousin taking care of her. I think that she thinks that Lois is a little ridiculous because of all of the antics that she gets involved in, but I think that that kind of runs in our family. I think that she’s crazy about Lois; they live together. But I do definitely think that is a very kind of goofy kind of “roll your eyes” sort of relationship.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
In one interview you said something about Chloe screwing school. Many people kind of took that as you saying Chloe dropped out of school. Would you care to clarify that?

ALLISON:
That’s not what I meant. No, I think that Chloe is just so hell-bent on being a journalist, and she’s at the Daily Planet, and that’s what she’s going to school for. She’s going to school to do what it is that she’s already doing. So I think that she’s very much in school, absolutely, and working towards getting her degree. But I think her focus really lays on the Daily Planet and working with Clark.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Do you know if they’re back in session at all?

ALLISON:
I know, I talked to Brian Peterson about that the other day, I was like, “So… Are we like, college dropouts? What’s going on?” and he was like, “No, no, you guys are very much in school.” But it’s very difficult because of the distance between Metropolis and Smallville, and we already play that so aggressively that still having me run from school to work to home all in one episode is a little funky. I think also Al and Miles, and I don’t know, this is just me guessing, but they also thought that a lot of the interesting stories happen in Metropolis. They happen in the Daily Planet. And I think that we’ve spent four years in classes, and I think they were excited to finally mature us and allow us to jump into the adult world, so going back to school with backpacks is a little less appealing for the writers and for us. It’s nice to be doing something other than studying.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
How was it working with Denise Quinones?

ALLISON:
She’s SOO fabulous! I LOVE Denise! She’s awesome! I just really, really, really like Denise a lot. We got along really well.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
A lot of people really liked your Kodak blog. Would you ever be interested in doing another one?

ALLISON:
I don’t know. I’m starting to get a lot more private as I get older. So I don’t know how comfortable I would be to allow people back into my own little world again. That was a little strange experiment for me. It’s one thing to be in public under the guise of someone else and another to be fully as yourself, and I think that it’s a very sensitive thing. So if I were to ever do something like that again, I would have to really think about it. And I think it would have to be for a cause that I really believed in. Something I wasn’t just like, “Hey this is just me and a camera,” but if I were to go and do some sort of interesting social work somewhere, like then I would be really excited about doing a day-to-day blog, photo blog, just so I can promote something I really believed in. But just something more like day-to-day, where I hang out in Vancouver, I don’t know that I would do that.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Do you remember doing Kate Brasher?

ALLISON:
Yes.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
How did you prepare for that role? Do you remember?

ALLISON:
That was when I was auditioning constantly and just jumping in and doing things. I didn’t really have any preparation. I just did it. It was a great part and I just took it and ran with it.

ALLISONMACK.COM:
It was really touching. When people watch it, they always end up crying. I always hear, “How does she make me cry!?”

ALLISON:
Awww!!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Looks like we ran out of time!

ALLISON:
Oh, I hope I gave you enough!

ALLISONMACK.COM:
You gave me a lot, we can save the rest for another time.

ALLISON:
Great! I will talk to you again [soon].

ALLISONMACK.COM:
Awesome! Thank you!

ALLISON:
Ciao!